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The Books that Made Me: Amanda Rawson Hill

This week we get to know the talented and lovely Amanda Rawson Hill. Author, poet, Middle Grade at Heart team member, and grief advocate.

The Books that Made Me Love Reading

The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix. I've always loved to read but I was sobbing at the end of these. That was a moment in my reading life I still remember. It was a milestone.

Excited to read right now*

The Books that Made Me Want to Write

This is a hard one. There isn't really a book that made me want to write in general. But the books that made me want to write heartfelt contemporary were COUNTING BY 7'S and Holly Goldberg Sloan and SWAY by Amber Mcree Turner

The Books that Made Me Stay Up All Night

The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen. I couldn't put it down!

The Books that Made Me Laugh Out loud

Stand Up, Yumi Chung by Jessica Kim made both my mom and I laugh out loud when we were listening to it in the car

The Books that Made Me Angry

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. I finished it in high school at lunch time and threw it across the hall.

The Books that Made Me Cry

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt left me sobbing in public. I was listening to Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes in my car so at least I had the dignity of crying in private that time.

The Books that Made Me a Lifelong Fan

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds. I'd already read and loved Long Way Down, but As Brave As You clinched him for me as an auto-buy.

The Books that Made Me Like a New Genre

Planetside by Michael Mammay made me like adult Sci-Fi! I'd never read it before. (I'd read kid lit sci fi but not adult.) It was sooooo good!


If you were stranded on an island which book character would you want there and why?

Obviously Katniss because she knows how to survive. Unless we got into a Donner Party situation, in which case, I will be regretting that decision.


Amanda Rawson Hill is the author of heartfelt middle grade novels and picture books such as The Three Rules of Everyday Magic and You'll Find Me. She lives in California with her husband and four children and enjoys homeschooling, playing board games, and knitting.


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